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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Michigan football recruiting notebook >> Concordia grabs a baller in Churchill’s Brooks

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, October 9, 2020, 1:09 am

The Livonia gunslinger has pulled the trigger on his college decision. He’s a true game-changer of a talent under center.

Livonia Churchill senior quarterback Gavin Brooks committed to NAIA Concordia University in Ann Arbor less than 48 hours after leading his team to a brilliant and inspired comeback win over an intra-city rival. Brooks was in a whole other world by himself Friday night, finding a zone early and riding to the finish line in Churchill’s 47-36 victory over Livonia Franklin. Bruno Mars would have said the sizzling 6-foot field general was dripping with finesse from the word go. 

Churchill (3-0) trailed by two scores in the fourth quarter. On the night, Brooks balled out for 310 yards and five touchdowns passing (18-of-22) and 85 yards rushing to go along with a 41-yard scoring scamper. Two of his scoring strikes through the air went to his baby bro, Bailey, an up-and-coming wide receiver for the Chargers.

Brooks led Churchill on a six-game win streak and to a district title as a junior last season. He chose Concordia from an offer list that included Valparaiso and Lawrence Tech. In 2019, Brooks riddled the passing log for 1,855 yards and 20 touchdown tosses.

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An athlete and a scholar

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook senior defensive end Bryce Hall will be playing his college football in the Ivy League, committing to Yale late last week. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound rush end possesses a diverse skill set and can play outside linebacker as well. Hall had more than a dozen offers, mostly from Ivy League and Patriot League schools and US military service academies. Michigan offered a prefer walk-on spot this month.

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Fall offers keep flooding in 

Detroit Cass Tech junior defensive lineman Deone Walker received an offer from Michigan State this week, followed by one from Toledo.

Rockford junior linebacker Kade Kostus snagged another DI offer last weekend — they’ve been coming fast and furious lately — when Boston College put a bid on the table, then got one from Princeton on Thursday.

Essexville Garber junior defensive lineman and UofM-commit Alex VanSumeren collected a Stanford offer last week.